There were a lot of possible makeups I could have done from the Hotel season of American Horror Story. I momentarily considered the Countess’ baby but I don’t think my skill level is there yet so I dismissed that one pretty quickly. Lady Gaga is so devilishly fabulous that I decided to do a Countess beauty makeup.
Products I Used:
- Glue stick
- Baby powder
- Fit Me liquid foundation
- Palladio black liquid eyeliner
- Black and brown eyeshadow
- Snazaroo black, white, red face paint
- NYX contour palette
- Fake blood
- Mehron coagulated blood gel
Blocking out the Eyebrows
Obviously the Countess has eyebrows but hers are blonde and almost nonexistent so I needed to take mine down a little. I coated them in glue, combed the glue all through, slapped on more glue, and let them dry. I patted some baby powder over them and they were pretty much locked down.
Applying Concealer and Foundation
I applied my usual liquid foundation with a few dabs of concealer here and there to get an even base but then I realized the Countess is a lot paler than the colours I had going on. I went over the highest points of my forehead, cheeks, chin, and nose with some white face paint to brighten everything up a bit.
Making up the Eyes
I used some brown shadow from my BYS Berries palette to shade my brow bone between my eyelids and my eyebrows and then used some black eyeshadow to shade in a cat eye. The Countess’ makeup is pretty soft looking so I didn’t use any eyeliner, just shaded the outer corners of my eyes a little more with my angled precision brush and black eyeshadow. I also added a few small flicks from my mascara wand to my lashes.
The Countess is still much paler than my skin tone, even with the little bit of white paint, so I tried to add some contour to compensate. I shaded my hairline, the outer edges of my nose, and the hollows of my cheeks with one of the lighter browns from my NYX contour palette. Using the whitest shade of that palette I highlighted my forehead, center of my nose, and the center of my cheeks. I might not be pale but I did manage a tiny bit of contrast.
Adding the Sass
Using a tiny dot of Palladio liquid eyeliner, I made a small mole just to the side of one eye. I don’t seem to own red lipstick *GASP* or if I do it’s lost in a random, dusty ol’ makeup case. Instead, I used red Snazaroo face paint over my full lips with a dab of the black face paint at the corners of my mouth, blended out slightly into the rest of the lips. Adding a red lipstick to my makeup kit is at the top of my priority list.
Fixing up the Hair
I only needed a somewhat close resemblance to the Countess’ hair in the reference photo I was using so I parted my hair down the middle and made some low pigtails as close to my ears as possible. I wrapped my hair around the ponytail in a loose bun and bobby pinned them in place. I’m sure this did not look anything like what the Countess’ hair looked like from the back but this ‘do was just a quick, cheap knockoff.
Adding a Vampy Touch
I used some of my regular fake stage blood and spread it around my neck with a stipple sponge, pouring it directly out of the bottle in a few spots. I am never satisfied with the bright red blood alone so I dabbed a few little dots of the Mehron coagulated blood gel in there as well. The coagulated blood gel is my favourite product and if I’m using fake blood, I find a way to get a fix of that sweet, dark blood gel in there as well.
The Final Results
What I Learned
The biggest mistake I made with this makeup was not starting with the lightest possible foundation in lieu of the slightly tanned foundation I use everyday. The white face paint helped a tiny bit but I didn’t want to use much of it in fear of making my face look dry and flaky. The cat eyes should have been shaped a bit steeper with more dramatic shadows as well. I’m not super thrilled with my end result but I did get to stare at a reference photo of Lady Gaga for a long time so I suppose that’s a win.